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There are a variety of ways to experience the Creative Writing program at Salem State outside of classes. Read Red Skies, the student produced e-zine, or Soundings East, the student edited, nationally distributed literary magazine. The Writers' Series invites published authors of short stories, biography, poetry, and memoir and essays to read their work at free readings on campus every month. Each year, the program celebrates its own with an undergraduate reading, a graduate student reading, and a faculty/staff reading of original works.

Second Annual Claire Keyes Poetry Award Winner Announced

The second winner of  the Claire Keyes Poetry Award is William Snyder of Fargo, North Dakota. Poet Brian Brodeur served as the judge for the competition, which is held annually. The competition is endowed by Marblehead poet Claire Keyes, professor emerita at Salem State Universtiy. Keyes taught poetry for many years and edited the university's literary magazine Soundings East, which will publish Snyder's winning poems in its fall issue. The award also includes a $1000 prize.

William Snyder has published poems, short fiction, and essays in over two hundred literary journals and magazines, nationally and internationally, including Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, Folio, Cottonwood, and Southern Humanities Review. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Grolier Poetry Prize, and he was the winner of the 2002 Kinloch Rivers Chapbook competition and The CONSEQUENCE Prize in Poetry, 2013. In 2004, he was awarded  a North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for literature. Snyder teaches writing and literature at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.

The competition also includes a $200 prize for Salem State undergraduate writers. This year's winner is Brandon A. Dalton. Runner-up is Robert Auld and Honorable mentions were awarded to Victoria Nicolau, Samantha Orluk and Christopher Russell. 

The submission deadline for the 2016 Claire Keyes Poetry Award is March 1, 2016.